A talk by H.E. Dr Mohammad Daud Yaar, Afghan Ambassador to the UK

Host: Emerging Powers programme, Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), University of Westminster

Organiser/Chair: Dr Dibyesh Anand (Head of Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster)

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As human beings, we all favour/prefer certainty and stability. The root of this preference lies in the fact that certainty and stability make action and decision-making in life simpler and easier and help maintain the status quo. Change, particularly drastic socio-economic change, runs counter to this basic human desire, generating reaction and backlash in the society. Change also generates backlash and reaction because it creates winners and losers in the society, who confront each other in the struggle for survival.

During the last 130 years, Afghanistan has experienced many episodes of change, each one of which ended in violent reaction and regression. Dr Yaar is fascinated by the question of why change has had such a changing lot in Afghanistan. We will look into the historical episodes of change in the country and try to speculate on how one may reduce the resistance to change that has littered the Afghan history.

About the Speaker

Dr Yaar (PhD) has had an illustrious career as a scholar as well as a diplomat in Afghanistan and beyond. He is the author of numerous articles published in Dari and English. As a diplomat, Dr. Yaar has specialized in regional economic diplomacy. He is keenly interested in regional economic integration as a strategic tool for promoting lasting peace and stability in the greater Central Asian space. He considers the European integration experience as a valuable model to promote regional peace and economic growth in Central and South Asia.